Pat Fiorello - Art Elevates Life

Art & Inspiration from professional artist and instructor Pat Fiorello. Pat is known for her romantic landscape, garden and floral paintings in oil and watercolor. Her paintings often depict beautiful places like Italy and France. Pat teaches painting workshops in the U.S., Caribbean and Europe. She is passionate about inspiring others to include art in their life. Whether creating it or simply appreciating and enjoying it, there are so many ways that art elevates life!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Artistic Cross Training

I love to paint flowers. Especially now that  the feel of spring is in the air after what's been a tougher than usual winter for many of us. Lately I've been taking a break from landscapes and been working on setting up still lives to paint from. Today I took a floral design workshop on romantic centerpieces called L'Fleur d'Amour at Halls Design School in Atlanta.  It was a lot of fun and I consider it a kind of cross training as an artist. It relies on many of the same considerations we use for painting- variety of shapes, colors, textures, direction, movement etc..

Here's the first piece I did in class, It includes a  votive candle in the center.

We did several others including one designed around a  3 foot silver candelabra which was a challenge.

It was a really fun day and a good exercise to think about design in a new medium( flowers).
Unfortunately I won't be here to paint these designs from life in the next few days while they are alive, but have the photo's to work from .  I'm excited to try out some more elaborate arrangements for future painting subjects.

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